Masterchef Australia – The How Much Does My Fellow Competitor Like Me Mystery Box
Interesting how Michael and Alana who I think are the stronger people in the competition have not won a challenge to go up for an immunity pin. This is why viewers are frustrated by the show this year, better cooks have been sidelined.
Tonight there were no losers only a winner who would go into an immunity pin challenge against a chef or amateur cook.
The mystery box challenge should have been the “show us how much you like the other contestants” challenge, as each contestant had to choose the ingredients for one of the other contestants to cook with.
They were instructed to go for their competitors weak points. This episode came complete with cut to the contestants making cats meow faces when someone elses dish was being praised. I am looking at you Alana. Also Michael had a grimace on his face when Alana was getting some praise. But both could have just been cheeky editing.
Ellie made an italian type basket for Dani and threw in a rabbit as well. Kate was given seafood and asian ingredients by Dani. Michael gave Alana flounder with beetroot and kohl rabi, now that was an interesting mix. Alana gave Ellie rabbit, but also gave her some nice brussell sprouts and lentils, and Kate gave Michael a dessert basket, as that is his weak spot.
I was surprised no one was given offal to cook. That would have been an act of bastardry.
Ellie stuffed around for most of the challenge but finally plated up something which was simple but nice. She is not stupid she knows how to get on the judges good side. Ellie said ” I am putting the kidney on top as George loves kidneys.” Ok maybe I need to delete that appropriate behaviour post about the judges not touching the contestants I did a few weeks ago.
However Dani’s dish was diabolical. Olive and boccocini tortellini with rabbit and tomato broth. Oh and it came with a side dish of tears. Ok I know they only had 60 minutes to cook something – would it have been possible to do a ragu in that time?
Matt Preston said “Elements of good technique there …. not quite a car crash”.
Michael made Pannacottta with roasted rhubarb with honey and orange syrup. He put a piece of honeycomb in the bottom of he brulee, and Gary did not know whether to spit or swallow as he didn’t like the texture it left in his mouth. Many female viewers thought get over it.
Alana made almond crusted flounder with a beetroot puree with some pickled kohlrabi and radish. Gary liked the pickled vegetables but called it a “weird dish”.
Matt Preston again showed why he was the sartorial one of the group, when he invoked Coco Chanel in his critique. Coco said when you dress and before you go out always take one item off. She needed to do the same with her ingredients.
Kate made panfried seafood with curry sauce. Gary said “I love chilli and for me it is a nice hot sauce, but misses balance of sour and sweet”. George sweated and panted out “It’s lovely it has lots of different flavour there,”
Michael won which was obvious after Alana tanked, and will play off for the immunity pin. If he wins this means there is the potential for two pins to be in play for the elimination the second last week of the competition. The pin should not be able to be played in the last two weeks of the competition. It should be all about the cooking.
Tomorrow night looks like it is the conjugal rights challenge, with family and friends visiting to watch them cook.